ADVISORY: LT. GOVERNOR BROWN TO KICK OFF UNITED WAY TEEN DATING VIOLENCE PREVENTION EVENT
TEMPLE HILLS, Md. (November 29, 2012) – TOMORROW, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will give remarks to kick off United Way of the National Capital Area’s Uncomfortable Conversations event, featuring theatrical performances and panel discussions about teen dating violence. The event is the latest workshop component of Way to P.E.A.C.E. , United Way NCA's collaborative, community-based youth violence prevention program.
Developed by Dreams Work, Inc., the workshop will feature a collection of four short plays plus an interactive workshop. Each play focuses on a different interaction among young people affected by dating violence. These include: conversations with the victim (male or female), conversations with friends, conversation with parents, and an inner monologue — a peek into the mind of the abuser. There will also be resource tables to connect community members to organizations that focus on domestic violence. The event will be streamed live at http://www.unitedwaynca.org/
Combating domestic violence is a personal cause for Lt. Governor Brown. In August 2008, his cousin Cathy was senselessly murdered by her estranged boyfriend. Building on his experience as a legislator and the perspective provided by this tragedy, Lt. Governor Brown has championed reforms to combat domestic violence. Brown championed successful efforts in 2009 to improve domestic violence laws by giving judges the authority to take guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. During the 2010 Legislative Session, Brown worked with members of the General Assembly, domestic violence advocates and stakeholders to pass legislation allowing a victim of domestic abuse to terminate a residential lease with a copy of a final protective order. Under the O’Malley-Brown Administration, domestic violence deaths in Maryland have dropped by 11.5% since 2007.
WHAT: Lt. Governor Brown to Kick Off United Way Teen Dating Violence Prevention Event
WHERE: Community of Hope AME Church
3701 Branch Avenue
Temple Hills, Md.
WHEN: TOMORROW, Friday, November 30, 2012